Thursday, December 23, 2010

More Christmas for my girls

 As I mentioned before my middle daughter is getting a doll for Christmas and I made her a set of clothes. My youngest daughter is getting a set of 15 inch twins, girls, with yellow ponytails, she was very specific. Since I survived the first set of doll clothes, I committed myself to make another set. Things have to be even you know.
As you can see she has matching blankets and 4 sets of outfits. The girl in question LOVES ducks and monkeys. Hopefully she will like the other outfits too. I managed to make all these for just $10, I had most everything on hand. I bought the pattern, on sale, the fleece, remnants, and the Curious George cotton for the sundress, another remnant.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

2010's last order!

It's hard to imagine I've sewn my way through another year.
I hope I've helped all of you look a little bit more beautiful and that next year will be just as beautiful.

 A shorter, smaller mermaid tail for the same client who ordered the other one. Unfortunately different heights are still very hard to accommodate for.
The same client has had the WORST luck with her Snow White costume. It's been spilled on by nail polish and all together lost! Here are a few more replacement pieces for her, again and for her sake I hope for the last time!
I hope you all have a happy holiday season and as you can see my calendar for next year is filling up fast! 
See you in 2011.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Princess Beauty with some extra pop!

This little Beauty is a new color. I was a tad bit nervous trying out a new color but I really liked the way it turned out. The client also liked how it turned out - Whew!
She asked it be like the "new design" but full enough to fit over a 5 hoop. I added 2 extra panels and it is pictures here over both of my 3 hoop crinolines in an attempt to show the added fullness. She also requested the shoulder swag be more like another off the shoulder dress I did.

The top was cute but we both thought it needed something.
The Princess asked for gems to be added. That idea had crossed my mind too so I added them and the little bit of bling does great things, even if my camera didn't.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Staying busy - Shhhh it's a surprise!

 My middle daughter is getting an 18 inch doll for Christmas that looks like her. She has wanted one for years and I finally caved in. She went looking on etsy for clothes, she doesn't know for sure she's getting it she's just hoping lots and lots! The dresses she liked are $30 - $40 and after the cost of the doll I just couldn't do it, especially since I can sew. I swore off sewing doll clothes years ago but I had to get over that if I wanted to save some major money! This same daughter of mine has decided when she gets married everyone will wear a different rainbow color and she will wear white and be the cloud at the end. I took that idea and turned it into her doll's new wardrobe. The dresses are pictured on my 18 inch doll, and all of them together cost me $30!
Red is a velvet drop waist dress trimmed in sparkly gold.
Since we live in the desert I thought a sun dress would be perfect for orange, including bloomers.
Yellow is a flannel nightgown with (yellow) rosebuds on it.
Green is a mermaid dress, Ariel is her favorite Princess.
Blue (her favorite color) is a snowflake dress and furry fleece pale blue jacket.
Purple is lavender metallic paisley. 
Sheer embroidered overlay on satin.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Even though the movie doesn't come out until tomorrow I've already received an order for this adventurous princess!

A full circle double layered skirt and a bodice that laces up the front.
The skirt has a stable waist band that can have multiple hook and eye. The front half is double layered with the under skirt being 2 layers of fabric as well. The split in the skirt is trimmed in sweet sparkly flower trim. This skirt is shown over a slip that can be added for $20. The whole skirt can be 2 layers and alternate trim can be used at an additional cost.

The front of the bodice is double layered and connects into the main piece at the shoulders. The laces really work on the front and the whole top is trimmed in lace and piping. The pink and lavender sparkly sleeves are pieced together and have a lower sleeve of sheer trimmed in matching lace.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Mermaid Tail

This mermaid tail nearly got the best of me but I won and it looks great!

There is a poofy slip under the fin portion to make it all stand out.
The fabric for the tail portion was supplied by the customer as I cannot find anything like it in Vegas right now.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Four years???

I have been in business for FOUR years! Wow, time sure flies when you're making dresses for the princesses! I have no clue how many dresses I've made but I would guess it's somewhere near 200. Thank you for all of your orders, patience, praise and inspiration.

I hope the next four years are just as beautiful!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Arabian Princess

I try to improve on my old designs every time I create a costume, keeping what worked last time and trying something new to see if it functions better, lasts longer, or looks better. This Princess is mostly old design with a few elements tweaked.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Green Fairy and replacement pieces

A sweet Green Fairy with "tiny shorts" as my girls call them.

A few replacement pieces for the same client.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Princess Beauty

Another version of the Princess Beauty dress is headed to New York tomorrow. The client asked that my yellow version be tweaked to more closely resemble her particular vision. Once it was "done" She had the choice of the big buttons or roses, she chose a combination of the two.

Also upon viewing the pictures she asked that the neckline be slightly different so I changed that as well.

The combination of buttons and roses looks great and it was fun to make yet another version of this dress. This has been my favorite princess since I was 13 and I think this version of the dress is fabulous!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ren Faire for Kids

A friend of mine lives in the Washington DC area. She takes her kids to the Ren Faire every year and I've been itching to make them something to wear for years! She finally decided this year that the cost would be worth it and ordered 2 Robin Hood outfits and one Beautiful Maiden. My fresh from the shower kids are modeling the outfits here but once I get pictures of the actual recipients I will replace the pictures.

The dress was made in 2 pieces. The under skirt snaps on to the bodice/ over skirt so I can remake the under skirt longer for next year. The back also has a separating zipper so an insert can be added in the future. The flowers are removable for washing purposes.
Nothing completes an outfit like accessories!
My 6 yr old was WAY excited to be modeling the Robin Hood outfits, the pants are so short because the actual wearers are 2 1/2, she's kind of tiny.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Double Duty

I had two fancy fabric Cinderellas to be done for yesterday and I was a little bit nervous if I would get them done. I haven't attempted 2 dresses in one week in a long time but with my kids in school I figured it could happen, and it did, but just barely!
I had several moments of life interrupt me but the dresses look great, they aren't really so silver in person. I tried a new technique on the "poofs" and I think they stand out from the skirt and hold their shape better. Next time I think I will make them a little bit longer, what do you think?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Creating Smiles with Cinderella

I have a long list of costumes to work on and I'm doing my best to get to all of them as quickly as I can. This dress was actually scheduled in the middle of the list but due to a lack of measurements from one client, she's having medical problems :( and waiting for ordered fabric to come in, this dress was completed first. It's headed to Texas to help children in the hospital smile. It also makes me smile knowing that my work is going to cheer up sick kids. Thanks for letting me help!